It’s a bittersweet moment as I announce this week will be my last at WHNT News 19.
About two months ago, I received a call that I’ll never forget. My mother had just heard from her doctor with news that she had breast cancer. She was in the middle of the grocery store at the time and stood in shock with her cell phone in one hand and her cart in the other. I was the first person she’d shared the news with.
As a journalist, I’m reminded every day how short life is. But when your parent is facing an illness, it brings it even closer to home. After 7 ½ years away from my family in Texas, it became clear it’s time to go home and cherish every moment I have with all my loved ones.
It’s not easy to leave the Tennessee Valley. We’ve been through a lot together. After my first week here in 2006, we lost four students during the Lee High bus crash. We went through the UAH shootings together. And the life changing tornadoes of April 2011. You’ve invited me into your homes night after night. You’ve allowed me to be a part of your families. You’ve prayed with me and for me. I will never forget the mark you’ve made on my spirit and soul.
In 2006 I felt guided in my decision to come to the Tennessee Valley and make this my home. I was drawn to the beauty of the people and the area. I was touched by the generosity and kindness of the residents. I’ve never seen such a civic-minded community where everyone is treated like a close neighbor.
But this chapter is coming to a close as I am being guided back home. I’m looking forward to exploring new opportunities and passions and am excited about where that path will lead me.
I hope we can stay connected through social media. I ask for your prayers for my mom for complete healing and prayers for my family as well. Thank you for the many gifts you’ve given me over the years. I will always be grateful.